THE $15-million city centre renewal has been one of the hottest Warrnambool issues over the past year.
Liebig Street between Raglan Parade and Koroit Street has been ripped up and replaced, and the footpaths have been widened.
The plane trees were removed and replaced with ornamental pears, and bluestone pavers now line the streets. Traders endured the works for eight months and pedestrians dealt with the dusty and sometimes muddy street. New parking meters have riled up community members, while the zebra pedestrian crossings have caused plenty of frustration.
A petition to remove them has more than 5500 signatures. Readers have taken to The Standard’s Facebook page to criticise and commend the Warrnambool City Council on the controversial works. Stage two upgrades between Koroit and Timor streets are due to begin in February. Visit standard.net.au to view a video and gallery of the works.